What Can My Dog Actually Eat? Your Top Questions Answered

We’ve all been there. We’re standing in the kitchen having a yummy snack, when we notice our four-legged friend looking up lovingly and hoping that some of it will fall to the floor. The temptation to share food with our furry friends seems to always take over, and we’re left wondering: What can my dog actually eat?

The reality is that some of the most common foods we consume can be very toxic for dogs. It’s important to know which ones are ok and which one they should avoid completely.

In this comprehensive guide, we singled out and answered the top questions pet parents had when it comes to household food and their fur babies.

Before we get started, always check with your vet before introducing new foods to your dog. Some dogs might be allergic to certain foods that are non-toxic.

Can my dog eat eggs?

Eggs are an acceptable food for dogs. In fact, eggs are a great source of selenium, riboflavin and digestible protein which can help aid digestion in dogs with these types of issues. You can also use egg as a healthy treat for a little protein boost. Best part, most dogs love eggs!

What about raw eggs?

Raw eggs are not safe for dogs. Just like in humans, dogs can contract Salmonella from eating raw eggs.

Try these Blue Buffalo Beacon, Egg and Cheese Health Bars for dogs:

Can my dog eat corn?

Plain corn is normally safe to eat for dogs in moderate amounts. You can either use corn as a food topping or give it as a treat! Next time you’re barbecuing with the family, you can indulge your dog with this Summertime staple.

Can my dog eat coconut?

While corn is non-toxic, it does contain medium chain triglycerides which can cause your dog to suffer from gastrointestinal issues. To be safe, always check with your Vet first before introducing any new foods. Remember some dogs have a more delicate digestive system and will require a more limited or consistent diet.

Can my dog eat apples?

Apples are great for dogs and they can eat them without any restrictions. Apples are a great source of vitamin A and C as well as essential antioxidants and fiber. They are the perfect snack for senior dogs since apples are very low on protein and fat.

Try Riley’s Organic Tasty Apple Dog Treats

Or this easy-to-make apple chips recipe that both you and your pup can enjoy together

Can my dog eat broccoli?

Dogs can eat raw and cooked broccoli in small amounts. Broccoli contains isothiocyanates, which might cause an upset tummy in dogs. If you’re planning on giving your dog broccoli,  make sure there are no oils or seasoning as that can be toxic for dogs.

Can my dog eat papaya?

Papayas are a great treat for dogs. They are perfect for dogs with stomach issues or senior dogs. It’s good natural probiotic. Just be sure to remove the seeds since these can cause a host of issues such as intestinal blockage. Best practice is to cut the fruit in large pieces before giving it to your dog.

Give this super easy frozen papaya dog treat recipe a shot!

Can my dog eat peanut butter?

Peanut butter is ok for dogs as long as it’s given to them in moderation. Make sure the peanut butter you are using does not contain xylitol which can cause allergies and upset stomach in dogs.

Make sure to spread the happy news with your pup with these yummy and healthy treats:

Riley’s Organic Peanut Butter & Molasses Dog Treats

Zuke’s Mini Naturals Peanut Butter & Oats Dog Treats

Zuke’s Hip Action Peanut Butter & Oats Dog Joint Treats

Can my dog eat carrots?

Carrots are a healthy food option for dogs. It’s a great add-in to meals. To prevent choking in small dogs, make sure to cut the carrots in bite-sized chunks.

Try these carrot and banana dog treats your pup will love.

If your pup love carrots, give these dog treats a try

Can my dog eat oranges?

Oranges, tangerines and clementines are usually non-toxic to dogs. With that said, these fruits should be given to dogs in moderation due to the high amount of sugar these fruits have. The citric acid in these fruits is not a problem for dogs.

Can my dog eat blueberries?

Good news! Blueberries are safe for dogs. If your dog is diabetic, this is a great option for them because this fruit is low in sugar, has high amounts of vitamin C and fiber. Next time you’re preparing that healthy smoothie, treat your dogs with some frozen blueberries.

Note: Hold the trail mix! Raisins are actually toxic to dogs and should be avoided at all costs

Keep your dogs teeth clean with this blueberry based treat

Can my dog eat popcorn?

This one is a tricky one. Plain air-popped popcorn is safe for dogs to eat in small amounts. Popcorn with toppings, additives, butter, sugar or anything extra is not safe. The best way for your dog to eat popcorn is when you accidentally drop a few pieces to the ground during movie night.

Can my dog eat zucchini?

Some veggies can be very nutritious for dogs when ingested in moderation. Luckily, zucchini is safe for dogs to eat as long as you remove the skin or outer layer. Even if dogs eat the skin, it still won’t be toxic but they might get an upset stomach. Always practice moderation and if your dog has health problems or tummy issues, consult your Vet.

Can my dog eat whipped cream?

Whipped cream has a high amount of fat and sugar which can cause your dog’s blood sugar to spike up which can potentially lead to Diabetes. Here and there, a little whipped cream won’t be harmful and it’s actually safe. Always consider your pet’s health status before giving them whipped cream.

Can my dog eat raspberries?

Raspberries and safe for dogs and they even have an added bonus. Due to the high amount of antioxidants in raspberries, they are great to prevent joint pain in dogs. Always administer them in moderation. Raspberries are also a great source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Manganese, Fiber and can alleviate an upset tummy, fight Liver disease and certain Cancers.

Try this puppy parfait recipe that your dog will love.

Can my dog eat shrimp?

In short, dogs can eat small amounts of shrimp as long as it’s cooked and free of seasoning. Never give your dog raw shrimp as this can carry a host of diseases and potentially be fatal to your pup. Always remove the shells, tail and veins from the cooked shrimp to avoid any issues.

Can my dog eat sweet potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are a great treat option for dogs. They are completely safe and full of the nutrients your dog needs. Because sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, your dog is bound to love them. This vegetable helps your dog’s digestive system due to the high amount of fiber it contains. They also contain Vitamin B6, C, A as well as a high amount of dietary fiber which is bound to help your dog feel better.

Here’s a super simple sweet potato dog treat recipe

Here is the top rated sweet potato treats for your dog.

Can my dog eat cinnamon?

Cinnamon is safe for dogs in small quantities. In fact, cinnamon can help regulate your dog’s blood sugar and insulin resistance. It basically does so by helping slow down the absorption of sugar in the blood, especially after your dog has consumed a meal high in carbs.  You can add cinnamon to baked apples as a healthy treat for dogs or simply use it as a meal topping.

If you’re wondering what else dogs can and can’t eat, leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you! For any other dog need including medication, supplies, digestive aids, vitamins, supplements and more head to allivet.com.

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